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[Xmca-l] Re: Imagination;semiotic mediation

On the hopeful assumption that any front cover print-worthy image of the
New Yorker has something of more aesthetic worth than were I left off, the
image is also suggestive, to me, of a cartographic image of the united
states, and perhaps also its division up into areas to be butchered.



Still I am not really sure this achieves an aesthetic transmutation of the
"base" and puerile references in the original image into anything other
than a more sober image. Perhaps there's something too about manipulation
and the U.S. as this hand-leviathon:

The main principle driving the trump campaign seems to be "market share" of
media coverage (and consciousness) and perhaps something about "leading"
the narrative into different topics -- seemingly confusing willingness to
comment on anything with openness.


On 27 March 2016 at 16:39, Greg Thompson <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com> wrote:

> Should we say anything about the fact that nobody has mentioned the "hand
> envy" moment of one of the recent Republican debates (the one where
> politics was raised to new lows)?
> http://www.businessinsider.com/new-yorker-cover-about-trumps-hand-size-2016-3
> (you should really check out the original debate - really amazing stuff)
> Nor has anyone said anything about the hailing hand gesture done at some
> Trump rallies (note: this is a Trump-supporting page, but no, I'm not a
> Trump supporter, it had the least ads of any of the descriptions I could
> find):
> http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/03/08/trump_controvery_over_trump_pledge_salute.html
> Did everyone just assume that this is common knowledge? Or did people not
> know about these hand-y origins?
> And if you didn't know about this, does knowing this deepen the meaning of
> the image?
> and a recent Daily show segment where Black Trump responds to the New
> Yorker cover:
> http://www.mediaite.com/online/the-daily-shows-black-trump-reenacts-the-donalds-crazy-rant-about-his-hands/
> -greg
> On Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 11:36 PM, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu>
> wrote:
> >
> > BTW:
> >
> > Eugenics has the Greek etymology of eu- meaning "good" or "well," and
> > genos, meaning "race," "stock," "kin," that is... "well-born".
> >
> > This may relate to the short fingers, which also makes a reference to
> > mating, and also possibly, just possibly sterilization.
> >
> > The image becomes cleverer every second!
> >
> > :)
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Annalisa
> >
> --
> Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Anthropology
> 880 Spencer W. Kimball Tower
> Brigham Young University
> Provo, UT 84602
> http://byu.academia.edu/GregoryThompson